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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
67,593 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 3 of 15)

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problem #249

Sep 102014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I purchased a 2008 Chevy Malibu one year ago and has had steering and electrical problems after 2 months of ownership. The biggest problem is the power steering and lack of control. When the car is in park or driving, the steering wheel shakes and makes loud noises. When I'm driving, the wheel will jerk left and right and feel "stuck" in certain positions. I am terrified to drive the car because the wheel will turn and stick at any given moment... it has turned and stuck going into oncoming traffic on the street and highway. There is also issues with the car door locks going up and down, and I have replaced the headlight bulb twice within a year. I noticed the turning light/blinker going fast and slow and a couple of times the car speakers have gone in and out. My dealership has sent me around in circles with no care if this gets resolved. I contacted GM and I have a case number but no one has given me a resolution or even suggested help by GM or my dealership.

- Glenwood, IL, USA

problem #248

Mar 102015

Malibu

  • 87,000 miles
Car lost power steering and power steering light flashed. Had to manually turn and it was very difficult to maneuver. Steering wheel had also started to shake or vibrate even when sitting in park. The steering wheel would also move to the left and right, turning a little bit on its own while parked and running. I took the vehicle to the dealership and they replaced the power steering module, under special policy 101830P. This same thing was done in Sept 2012. When I got my vehicle back from the dealership, it still was losing power steering and the light would come on. I took it back to the dealership and this time they stated that it was the steering torque sensor that had internal failure. This would be almost $600 to fix and there was also a diagnostic fee of $96. I contacted GM, because there were 1.3 mil vehicles recalled for same issue. I was told that even though it includes the 2008 Malibu (which is what I have),my VIN number was not included. They contacted the dealership whom offered to give a 20% discount to do the repair. GM themselves would not offer any assistance with the repair or diagnostic fee, due to the fact that my VIN number was not included. At this time, I am afraid to drive my vehicle because I am barely able to maneuver the steering to direct my vehicle to the side of the road when it loses the power steering. There is no way I would be able to at highway speeds nor quickly in an emergency.

- Bellevue, MI, USA

problem #247

Feb 202015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 202,000 miles
My power steering cut out while driving down the road. The alarm went off, a notification popped up on the car's display screen that power steering was out. The power steering would work properly when the car was first started, but would eventually cut out. Two weeks later, the power steering would not work at all. When the power steering was working during this time, the steering wheel would jump around, shaking back and forth.

- Conway, AR, USA

problem #246

Feb 262015

Malibu

  • 129,200 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My wife pulled out of our driveway and the power steering malfunctioned nearly causing her to have a head on crash. She is unable to drive the vehicle so I have been driving it. The power steering does not work at low speeds and is very tight at high speeds. I have talked to Chevrolet regarding the recall and they stated that my vehicle was not included in the recall for 2008 Chevy Malibu's because it has not been discovered yet. I have read the symptoms regarding the power steering recall for 2008 Malibu's and they are exactly what identifies my power steering issue! Chevrolet gave me a reference # for my case: Ref. # [xxx]. I do have a diagnostic scheduled with jeff wyler Chevrolet, 2237 w. first St., springfield Ohio 45504 on March 30th. I am not understanding why my vehicle year and model was recalled but that Chevrolet will not pay for it? if they claim it has not been discovered yet then I thought I would bring it to your attention so it will be discovered!!! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #245

Mar 062015

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the electronic power steering needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) however, the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #244

Feb 182015

Malibu

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that excessive force was required on the steering wheel in order to maneuver the vehicle. In addition, the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the steering shaft and column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Johnston City, IL, USA

problem #243

Mar 012015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 59,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Power steering failure. Multiple occasions.

- Purcellville , VA, USA

problem #242

Feb 112015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
While driving on the highway lost all power steering after fighting to get car off the road finally was able to stop vehicle turned off ignition had to park vehicle will not drive it until this problem is fixed contacted GM and was told this VIN was not covered under power steering recalls even though my vehicle is doing the same thing as the ones that are covered.

- Enterprise, MS, USA

problem #241

Feb 202015

Malibu

  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the power steering failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was repaired. The specifics of the repairs were not available. The failure occurred twice. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 149,000.

- Carpentersville, IL, USA

problem #240

Feb 122015

Malibu

  • 102,000 miles
My car looses power steering suddenly. Steering wheel is glitching while idling or stopped at red light.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #239

Feb 092015

Malibu

  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel became difficult to turn as the power steering warning light illuminated. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was exhibiting the same failures as mentioned in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). However, the VIN number was not included. The vehicle was taken the dealer, where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was mot made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Excelsior, MN, USA

problem #238

Jan 012015

Malibu

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when driving at low speeds, the power steering would fail and when idle the steering wheel would shake. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the eps motor controller needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Henderson , NV, USA

problem #237

Dec 022014

Malibu

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel started to shake and move independently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the motor control unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle had previously been repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Canfield, OH, USA

problem #236

Jan 082015

Malibu

  • 86,673 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 86,673.

- Darien, IL, USA

problem #235

Dec 162013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
For about a month now, my steering wheel has had a mind of its own. It vibrates, shakes and does not comply with the driver. The situation is getting worse, and I do not feel safe driving the car.

- Pawleys Island, SC, USA

problem #234

Jan 022015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 174,362 miles
Intermittent loss of power steering, other 2008 Malibu have been recalled by GM for this, my vehicle has not been recalled but obviously has the same problem.

- Carter Lake, IA, USA

problem #233

Dec 262014

Malibu

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 30 mph, the steering wheel felt abnormal and an unknown warning light illuminated. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who diagnosed that the electronic steering motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- Panora, IA, USA

problem #232

Dec 252014

Malibu

  • 50,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while making a U-turn at approximately 10 mph, the gear shift failed to switch gears and the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, the contact stated that the steering wheel seized without warning. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the shift cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V224000 (power train) and 14E044000 (steering). The failure mileage was 50,500.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #231

Dec 022013

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, the steering wheel would shake and the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the power steering module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- East Lansing, MI, USA

problem #230

Dec 172014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
While driving on city roads or 65-70 mph on the highway, the steering wheel shakes. As of now it's a "mild" shake (but it seems as if its getting "shaker" as the days go by. Im not sure if there an alignment needed. I had a new tire put on (passenger back tire) approximately 3 months ago had tires rotated back in July 2014?

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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